Bestselling Author of “The Panic Virus” To Dispel Myths About Vaccines

For immediate release: September 28, 2011

Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON –Seth Mnookin, bestselling author of “The Panic Virus,” will discuss his book and answer questions about his search for the truth about vaccines this evening at 7 p.m. at the F.H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington.

The Panic Virus by Seth MnookinMnookin accepted an invitation from the Vermont Department of Health Immunization Program to discuss his extensive research for the book, which included interviews with parents, public health advocates, scientists and anti-vaccine advocates.

“An anti-vaccine position has been perpetuated in this country,” said Chris Finley, immunization program chief, “and public health officials nationwide are seeing a resurgence in vaccine-preventable diseases, such as the whooping cough outbreak in California.”

Mnookin, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, looked at a vaccine “panic,” which began with a single, now discredited paper linking the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine with autism. The result, according to Mnookin, has cost tens of millions of dollars and the deaths of infants and children around the world.

The Vermont Department of Health Immunization Program is dedicated to increasing the childhood immunization rate throughout the state.

Join the free discussion and bring your questions for Seth Mnookin.

For questions call 800-640-4374 or check the website at http://healthvermont.gov/hc/imm/index.aspx.

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